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December 2017

Nursing Mothers in Ancient Italy, Archaeology Society of Staten Island Lecture

December 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The image of the woman and child is so familiar to us in Western art from representations of the Virgin Mary with the Christ child that we tend to take for granted its interpretation as a universal symbol of maternity, and of the close physical and emotional bond between mother and child. But the motif was not universal. In antiquity images of nursing mothers were absent in classical art in Athens and elsewhere in mainland Greece, while they were abundant in Italy, in the Etruscan cities, as well as the Greek cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily. The lecture will consider possible reasons for this situation.

Lecture by Dr. Larissa Bonafante
Professor of Classics Emerita, New York University

ASSI lectures are free for ASSI and AIA members, students 22 years or younger
And Wagner Faculty and Staff. (Please show ID)
Others may attend ASSI lectures for a $5.00 donation or may join the ASSI at the door.

Meet the speaker over coffee and cake following each lecture
For more information write: The Archaeology Society of Staten Island P.O. Box 140504
Staten Island, NY 10314-0504
Email: info@siarchaeology.org
or visit our website www.siarchaeology.org

January 2018

Sex, Gender, and Identity in Antiquity: Archaeology Society Lecture

January 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Dr. Ester Grushkin Memorial Lecture will feature Dr. Megan Cifarelli
Professor of Art History, Manhattanville College.

About Topic
For centuries, the study of ancient civilizations was dominated by an approach that focused on the accomplishments and lives of men, and a few extraordinary women who succeeded in masculine spheres of activity. More contemporary approaches that integrate feminist theoretical perspectives have illuminated the significant roles of women in antiquity, and the social practices by which masculine and feminine roles were defined and performed. Rather than focusing on "Great Women" from the past, this talk will explore the limits of what we can know about the lives of ancient men and women from the perspective of material culture, by investigating the ways archaeologists try to understand the relationships between sexed bodies, gendered individuals, and grave goods in burial contexts.

ASSI lectures are free for ASSI and AIA members, students 22 years or younger
And Wagner Faculty and Staff. (Please show ID)
Others may attend ASSI lectures for a $5.00 donation or may join the ASSI at the door.

Meet the speaker over coffee and cake following each lecture
For more information write: The Archaeology Society of Staten Island P.O. Box 140504
Staten Island, NY 10314-0504
Email: info@siarchaeology.org
or visit our website www.siarchaeology.org

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